ASI: Reviving the Spirit of Service
January 2017 saw the rebirth of the Adventist-Laymen’s Services and Industries (ASI) in the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. ASI is a world-wide organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church which comprises laypersons involved in professions, industry, education, and/or service. In our territory, we have expanded to include college/university students as well as retirees because they too have a valuable contribution to make. ASI-South Bahamas Conference (SBC) exists to provide challenge, nurture, and experience in Sharing Christ in the Market Place as well as support the global mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. We exist to fulfill the mission of ASI in our jurisdiction. We do this by utilizing our talents, time and resources (inclusive of finances), not only locally but globally all in an effort to help and to improve the quality of life for our fellowmen.
Since its revival, with a new focus, the executive team and membership led by President Ian Greene Sr., has embarked on a number of initiatives (inclusive of Island Mission which is led by Trustee Audley Mitchell, employment of Bible workers), programmes (ASI Sabbaths, quarterly General Meetings, ASI Trade Fair and ASI Business Reception), and fundraising activities (Cook-outs, Breakfast sales, ASI Fairs, and a Boat Cruise). We also partner with other Ministries such as Health, Community Service, Youth, Prayer and Personal Ministries.
In an effort to establish and brand our ASI Chapter, the following initiatives were done: The creation of a Logo, the development and launch of a Website (www.asibahamas.org), the creation of a Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/242SBC/), the creation of WhatsApp Groups for Executives and Members, and a number of promotional tools.
We have also taken delegations to the IAD – ASI Convention 2017 (Panama) and 2018 (Mexico).
We consider it a blessing and privilege and we are excited to be the host country of the IAD – ASI Convention and Expo 2019. This event will be held on August 21 – 24, 2019 at The Atlantis, Paradise Island. The theme is, ‘Reviving the Spirit of Service.’ The main guest presenter will be Pastor John Bradshaw from the It Is Written Television Broadcast.
It is quite notable that our passion for service to God and our fellowmen has dwindled. We are no longer as eager, excited or passionate about rendering true Christian Service through our talents, time or finances. It seems to be all about us and how we can please ourselves. The aim of this Convention is to rekindle the spirit of service as we seek to do all we can to hasten the Second Coming of Christ. ASI-SBC challenges you to develop and/or revive your spirit of service to God and your fellowmen.
As a prelude to this Convention, in partnership with the Personal Ministries Department of the South Bahamas Conference, ASI will launch the Reviving the Spirit of Service Reaping Evangelistic Campaign for one week, August 10 – 17, 2019, at churches in New Providence, North Andros, and North Eleuthera.
Ensure that you are part of these transformational events. If you are not registered as yet for the ASI Convention, please do so and experience this historic event which I assure you will be unforgettable.
The new focus of ASI has been shared across our Conference, leaving members excited! There are a few projects in the pipeline that we know you will be excited about so stay tuned!
By God’s grace, the ASI – SBC remains committed to fulfilling its mission. We remain hopeful that we will help to improve the quality of life of every Seventh-day Adventist empowering them to live a life of unselfish Christian service sharing Christ always.
-Ms. Shandera Smith, Executive Secretary, Adventist - Laymen’s Services and Industries.
CONFERENCE CALENDAR OF EVENTS AT A GLANCE
3: Mission Transform 242: Local AY take program to Children’s Home
3: Children Emphasis Day
4: ATFO: Adventist Track & Field Olympics
5: EMANCIPATION DAY
9 - 11: NCU Graduation
10 - 24: IASI Youth Mission Project
12 - 18: International Pathfinder Camporee, Oshkosh Wisconsin GC
17: Adventist Education Emphasis Day
21 - 24: IAD ASI Convention (Nassau)
24: Abuse Prevention Emphasis Day
30 - 31: Back to School Revival Joint
31: Youth Baptismal Sabbath
31: SBC Bible Connection Finals
ATCU PUSH INITIATIVE
The prayer focus of The Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) for the week, August 11 – August 17, 2019: Family Members Facing Major Spiritual Struggles.
ADVENTIST LAYMEN’S & SERVICES INDUSTRIES/ASI
IAD - ASI CONVENTION: The ASI Convention for the Inter-American Division will be an unforgettable experience. Register now with your local ASI leader/ representative at your church. The convention begins August 21 - 24, 2019 at the Atlantis, Paradise Island. Persons from throughout the Inter-American Division will be there. You must plan now to be there too. Registration is ongoing.
--Ms. Shandera Smith, Executive Secretary, A.S.I.
CHILDREN & ADOLESCENTS MINISTRIES DEPARTMENT
August 11 – Visit to National Art Gallery- (Sign up for this event is closed.)
September 8 – CHAM Art Exhibition- (Must be registered).
September 14 & 15 – Child Preachers Workshop (Register now at your local church).
For more information, please inquire from your local CHAM Leaders.
--Mrs. Lavern Sturrup, C.H.A.M Director.
HEALTH MINISTRIES DEPARTMENT
CPR and First Aid Certification: All persons interested in being certified or recertified in CPR and/or First Aid on August 11, 2019, please call 323-0610 or 826- 8486 (WhatsApp). This is for medical and nonmedical persons - teachers, secretaries, pastors, lawyers, etc. Come and be certified so that you will be equipped to save a life!
--Mrs. Nathelyn LaCroix, Health Ministries Director.
“WE” (Women Empowerment) – Q3 Forecast:
24 – Abuse Prevention Emphasis Day (All Churches)
25 – WM Local Leaders Meeting @9:30 a.m (South Bahamas Conference Office)
4 - God Covers Me (All Churches)
TBA – Zone 3 Community Outreach
21 – SBC GEMS God in Shoes, “A Pillow and a Prayer” Community Outreach
28 – Philadelphia Church Women’s Ministries Emphasis Day
Save the Date: October 18 & 19, 2019 - Women’s Ministries Conclave under the theme ‘God’s Beloved Daughters: Rescued, Redeemed, Restored & Released’. You can’t afford to miss this one of a kind worship experience.
Warfare Wednesdays: The Women’s Ministries Department extends an invitation to all women in the South Bahamas Conference to take a minute to “pause and pray” with us at 12:00 noon each Wednesday. This collective effort will not only enrich our prayer lives but the results of these unified prayers will be immeasurable. You may contact your local leader for more information on this wonderful initiative.
ATCU WOMEN’S RETREAT: All non-Bahamians traveling to the ATCU Retreat being held in South Caicos November 1-3, 2019 are asked to contact Mrs. Tanya Miller at the SBC Office for information relating to the special Visa needed for entry.
DONATION REQUEST: Used, But In Good Condition Devotionals. Kindly donate to your local Women’s Ministries Leader these devotionals for distribution during our community outreach projects this year. -Mrs. Jacqueline Gibson, Women’s Ministries Director.
YOUTH DEPARTMENT TIDBITS
SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES:
Adventist Basketball League (ABL): We say Congratulations to the Champions of ABL 2019, the Living Faith Church ¨Flames¨, for excelling in team spirit and unity.
Thanks to all the coaches, referees, commissioners, players, and spectators for displaying good Christian conduct throughout the tournament.
The list of churches that participated in 2019 are: Hillview, Grant´s Town, New Providence, Centreville, Johnson Park, Bethany and Living Faith.
Adventist Track and Field Olympics (ATFO): A special thank you is extended to Elders Barry Saunders & Lester Stuart, Ms. Celesta Stuart, Ms. Cintera Stuart, Mrs. Glenda Adderley, Robin Adderley, volunteers, officials from B.A.C.O., Nurses from A.H.P.A., Staff of NSA, Rashawn Armbrister, food vendors for the exceptional contribution made in making ATFO 2019, a success.
Thank you to the coaches and athletes that represented their churches and for a wholesome Christian atmosphere.
Here are the UNOFFICIAL results of Sport´s day 2019:
2- Johnson Park 293
3-Grant´s Town 255
4- Ebenezer 179
5- New Providence 76
6- New Englerston 67
7- Philadelphia 35
8- Living Faith 20
9- Berea 7
Adventist Youth Awards (AYA): The Adventist Youth (Buffet) Award Ceremony will be held at the Breezes Hotel on Sunday, December 15, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.
Tickets are available to all members at the ABNC or from Briel Jacques for the Early Bird Cost of $60.00 until October 1, 2019. The late bird ticket is $80.00 after October 2, 2019.
Local Church boards are asked to submit nominations for Awards by Monday, September 30th, 2019.
AYA will also recognize the contribution of Leaders for the 70th Pathfinder Anniversary.
BACK 2 SCHOOL REVIVAL 2019:
Theme: Make Your Move
Date: Friday - Sabbath, August 30-31, 2019
Venue: Message of Hope Adventist Church, Wulff Road
Guest Speaker: Pastor Vandeon Griffin
Associate Youth & Young Adult Director
North American Division
--Pastor Jamal Franklyn, Youth Director.
Upcoming Events: The Clean-Up days, previously scheduled for August 11 & 18th, have been postponed and will take place at a later date. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.
--Mr. Curtis Bryan, Men’s Ministries Coordinator.
MINISTERIAL DEPARTMENT A.L.E.R.T
In conjunction with the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists’ Evangelism Strategic Plan, the Ministerial Department presents ALERT (Advance Leadership Evangelism & Retention Training). In the month of June, the overall approach to soul winning in our Conference was launched at a mega rally, and churches were challenged to create a minimum of four streams or four paths by which we can spread the good news of salvation with others. Under the theme: Reaching Millennials - The Paradigm Shift,” the Ministerial Department will provide specialized training to show our members how to use a variety of evangelistic methods effectively. Guest presenters for the symposium will be Dr. Jessie Wilson, and Henoc Paulicin, along with local pastors and laymen from the South and North Bahamas Conferences. The date for ALERT is September 13-15, 2019, at the National Training Agency on Gladstone Road. Registration is $100.00. –Pastor T. Basil Sturrup, Ministerial Director.
Are you between the ages 15 - 30 years old and have the ability and love for singing? The Music Committee of the South Bahamas invites you to join us and a Guest Workshop Clinician in a
Music Workshop from Thursday, September 19th, 2019. This workshop will culminate in a Grand Concert on Sabbath September 21st, 2019.
WATCH THIS SPACE FOR FURTHER DETAILS
-- Sister Annette Dorsett, Music Coordinator, South Bahamas Conference.
PRAYER MINISTRIES JOINT PRAYER MEETINGS
All members are invited to participate in all of our joint prayer meetings for the remainder of the year. Please note that each service will be held at 6 o’clock in the morning with the exception of July which will be from 9 :00 a.m. - 12:00 noon.
– Pastor Leonardo Rahming, Prayer Coordinator.
BLESSED HOPE CHURCH SOUTH ANDROS CHURCH BUILDING PROJECT
Calling one and all! This summer Blessed Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church is in its building completion drive. South Androsians and its descendants are asking you to share the hope of Jesus by donating materials, or monetary gifts of any amount to this effort. Please contact us by email at [email protected] -- Elder Lukanduh Gardiner.
CENTREVILLE CHURCH MID-DAY REFRESHER PRAYER HOUR
A warm invitation is extended to each of you to join in a refreshing time of Prayer and Fellowship each Wednesday at 12 noon at the Centreville Church. Spend your lunch hour with us in prayer! --Dr. Paul A. Scavella.
GAMBIER CHURCH - VBS
The Gambier Church extends heartfelt thanks to all the churches who assisted with our VBS program this year, especially the C.H.A.M Departments and members of the Bethany, Good News and Hillview churches. Our closing ceremony will be at 3:00 p.m. at our church in Gambier Village.
Join the ‘Friends of Vanessa Clarke’ for a night of praise and worship on Sunday, August 25, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at The New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church. This medical benefit concert is being held to support this Artist that has blessed the Adventist Church for almost 30 years with her music ministry. Guest artists will include: Harmonious Praise, Praise Reunion Ensemble, Youth choirs, Allison Rolle, Nadia Rodríguez Bueno, Sunae Russell and more. For tickets call 426-0516.
–Ms. Eustacia Jennings.
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